The Gunners finished fourth last season, comfortably off the pace in the title race, but they look likely to launch a genuine title challenge this season, with the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez likely to be backed by the arrival of Sami Khedira and Mathieu Debuchy.
Owen ignorantly believes that Arsene Wenger’s side will struggle to qualify for the Champions League thanks to the strengthening of their rivals in the summer.
According to Talk Sport, he said:
I have been really impressed with Arsenal’s signing of Sanchez. They have been missing a bit of quality but [they’ll miss out].
The signing of Sanchez has made everyone sit up and take note. I really do rate him, he’s a top player and it’s a big step in the right direction.
But, in no particular order, my top four for next season would be Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool.
Arsenal haven’t had any real stand out players in the last few years, like Thierry Henry. They have just lagged a step behind.
This summer so far has been quite different compared to the past few seasons, as Wenger and the board are already hard at work securing reinforcements to the Gunners squad early on. The transfer window exploded into life with a remarkable deal for Chilean international Alexis Sanchez, securing the immensely talented and versatile forward from Barcelona.
If reports are to be believed, he’ll be joined by Colombian international stopper David Ospina and Newcastle’s right-back Mathieu Debuchy. There is also intense speculation that Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign World Cup winner Sami Khedira and are already in negotiations over personal terms.
The Gunners moved swiftly to secure a hotly contested signature of Sanchez before other clubs could truly react, which proves they have the ability to bring in the hottest world talents. This early transfer activity has placed Arsenal on par with rival clubs and allows them to strengthen their personnel from a greater pool of players than if they made their moves late in August as per usual.
Seeing all the transfer activity and positivity surrounding Arsenal, it’s very silly from Owen to rule out the Gunners top four chances when they are very well positioned to challenge for the League title. We have not finished outside the top four during Wenger’s reign while Manchester United and Liverpool, Owens former teams, have missed out on Champions League football during this time. So it will be better for the former England striker to get his head out of the ground before favouring his fomer clubs to prove his mettle as a pundit.
If anything, Arsenal are more likely to finish in the top four than in recent years thanks to the stability the squad has developed together, while Liverpool have lost their best player and Man United are still undergoing a transitional period. Good times ahead for the Gunners.
Stop trolling and get real Mr.Owen. Twat.